Boy, did I score a winner with this one! It's a wonderfully refreshing white with a slight effervescence. It has a light body, crisp finish, and fresh apple flavor. It's easy to drink and versatile. I've enjoyed it with everything from seafood to cheese to chicken tacos. It even tastes good alone.
It's the perfect bottle for picnics, barbecues, and other outdoor activities. I highly recommend you stock your fridge with this likable white. Has anyone else had it?
If I didn't already know it was Portuguese, I might've thought Singularis ($17) was a Ribera de Duero. Much like the Spanish wine, it's made mostly of Aragonez — which is known as Tempranillo in neighboring Spain.
But, its best qualities were new to me: A bursting black cherry nose, very soft tannins, and a cooling, nearly menthol-like finish. Even though it'd be a great collector's wine, it has zero tightness, making it a wonderful wine for right now. Do you feel the same way about any Portuguese red wines?
Have you ever fallen in love at first sip? Share your experience below.
Voted one of Wine & Spirits top 100 wines of 2009, the Quinta da Aveleda is a lush slightly effervescent white that has a pale amber color and crisp finish. Its fruity and mildly grassy taste would pair wonderfully with seafood. At just $7.99 a bottle the price is right for experimenting with a new wine and unfamiliar region.
Have you sipped Vinho Verde? What did you think?